As the cloud market matures, organisations are also starting to use services more strategically. They especially want to quickly scale their infrastructure capacity to manage the surges ('peaks') in information and transactional data generated by their digital products and services. To achieve this, the most advanced organisations are becoming more 'inter-networked' with ecosystems of network service providers (NSPs) and cloud service providers (CSPs). These connections are helping them access whatever cloud computing power they need, when they need it, for greater agility and cost-efficiency.
IT leaders must assess whether their company's cloud-based IT infrastructure can take advantage of such approaches to realise the full and transformative potential of the cloud. In Asia Pacific, the process could also mean confronting some tough questions, such as:
What's the fastest and most cost-effective way to expand our business from a base in Asia into North America and Europe?
How best can we connect cities to consume single or multi-cloud services as we expand globally?
How can we ensure high standards in reliability, security and governance as we migrate workloads to the cloud?
How can we balance cost and performance across the organisation?
Leveraging 'Interconnection Centres'
I've spent my career helping leading organisations in Asia Pacific build robust and profitable models for network distribution. As such, I was delighted to join global Data Centre giant Digital Realty earlier this month, because I am confident it is taking the right approach in helping Asia Pacific customers address all of these questions. Central to this is ensuring that its global network of Data Centres (over 180 across 4 continents) are highly interconnected.
Hands-on experience with customers has shown me how taking advantage of globally ubiquitous, on-demand interconnectivity can help businesses swiftly expand their regional and global footprints. This leaves them better positioned to compete and win in the digital era.
The key to this approach is having data centres that can become interconnection nodes for businesses as they grow. Rather than building their own interconnections, companies can use reliable, secure 'interconnection centres' or common platforms that are shared amongst ecosystems of NSPs, CSPs and supply chain partners.
These data centres also offer organisations the opportunity to simultaneously orchestrate sophisticated multi-cloud solutions across multiple locations. Companies that can diversify workloads across geographical locations using the most suitable cloud services for their needs will be well placed to fulfill their digital business strategies and control costs.
At the same time, these data centres connect enterprises with best-of-breed Information-as-a-Service, Platform-as-a-Service and Software-as-a-Service offerings to enhance the performance of their digital supply chains – wherever in the world those are located.
Join the Digital Centre revolution
Becoming a digital enterprise is no longer simply about becoming more efficient. It is about operating effectively in a smarter world. One of the keys to achieving this is having a data centre that's part of a vibrant, connected digital ecosystem. This will help you integrate complex mixed-mode IT environments with multiple public and private clouds. It is also essential to being able to adjust computing power, storage and network capacity as required.
Digital Realty's sophisticated data centres across the world and specifically in Singapore, Hong Kong, Australia and Japan for Asia Pacific, deliver this capability. Interconnected via dark fibre that leverages the existing Digital Realty ecosystem, they bring together carrier-neutral connectivity with a wide range of telecommunications providers, services providers and business partners in an open cross-connect model.
Digital Realty is also one of the founding committee members of Digital Centre 2020. Supported by 7 industry leaders, including Cloud Service Providers, Internet Exchanges & SIs, DC2020's goal is to redefine the Data Centre for the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Providing expert discussion, insight and knowledge through the open sharing of best practices on data centre transformation. Everything from realising ROI from legacy IT and hybrid cloud migrations, to bypassing the public internet and providing secure, fast and seamless services to partners and customers. Learn more about DC2020.
If any of the topics in this post interests your organisation, I'd be very pleased to discuss further how we can help you. Thank You for taking the time out of your business schedules to read my article.